Trump nearly apologizes for retweeting 'horrible racist people'

Trump'I would certainly apologize for retweeting British anti Muslim videos

Donald Trump apologises for retweeting anti-Muslim hate videos from Britain First

So in a Friday interview with ITV's "Good Morning Britain" television show, host Piers Morgan asked Trump about the retweets and described the group behind the videos as "basically a bunch of racists [and] fascists".

"If you are telling me they're disgusting people, frightful racist people, I would certainly apologise if you'd like me to do that".

"I know nothing about David Duke", Trump said on CNN. "I know nothing about them (Britain First), I know nothing about them today, other than I read a little bit", he added.

'Certainly I wasn't endorsing anybody.

After Morgan told Trump that he wanted the British people to get to know "the real you", and suggested that an apology "would go a long way", the president stammered out something less than contrition.

Trump replied, "It was done because I am a big believer in fighting radical Islamic terror".

The three clips were previously tweeted by Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who was convicted by a United Kingdom court in November 2016 of religiously aggravated harassment.

During the 2016 presidential race, Trump campaigned for "a total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States on the pretext of preventing terrorist attacks.

"Heartfelt", tweeted one social media user.

The retweets caused British Prime Minister Theresa May to put out a statement saying, "It is wrong for the president to have done this", which Trump later responded to on Twitter, as he is wont to do. London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Prime Minister May to withdraw her offer for Trump to make a state visit.

He did, however, say that Trump was reluctant to apologize, the Daily Mail reports. "I know nothing about these people".

"I think a lot of the people in your country like what I stand for-they respect what I stand for", Trump said of his perception amongst the British public, noting that his relationship with May is "very good".

The three videos (now deleted from Twitter) that Trump retweeted were titled, "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!", "Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary!" and "Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!" We will come to your defence if anything should happen, which hopefully will never happen.

Although his press secretary defended the tweets at the time, the President has told Piers Morgan that he is ready to apologise in an exclusive interview to be aired this weekend.

"I support her, I support a lot of what she does and a lot of what she says".

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